Archive for October 2015

Beckwith’s new book

Francis Beckwith’s new book, Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith will soon be released by Cambridge University Press. Taking Rites Seriously is about how religious beliefs and religious believers are assessed by judges and legal scholars and are sometimes mischaracterized and misunderstood by those who are critical of the influence of religion in […]

ProVita Newsletter

I am working on the next issue of ProVita Online.  If you have any of the following items to contribute, e-mail me at Here are some of the things I’m looking for: Activities of members (publications, conferences, talks, committees, etc.) Scholarly opportunities, such as upcoming conferences, calls, for papers, seminars, talks, etc. Online resources for pro […]

California legalizes assisted suicide

Governor Brown signed the new California law legalizing assisted suicide. See Michael Cook’s column. Since the 1997 Supreme Court decisions in Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill rejecting constitutional challenges to laws banning assisted suicide,  proponents of the “right to die” have had only modest success in advancing their agenda. This development in California […]

Lynn Wardle on the impact of sexual and marital morality on society

UFL board member Lynn Wardle has written an article for called “Disintegration of Sexual and Marital Morality Is Having a Detrimental Impact on Society.” Wardle highlights the detrimental effect Roe v. Wade has had on U.S. culture. He also discusses the possibility that the U.S. can reverse the trend.

Fr. Joseph Koterski on philosophy

Here is a neat interview about philosophy in America magazine with UFL board member Fr. Joe Koterski, SJ. “Catholic Philosophy Today: 11 Questions for Joseph Koterski, S.J.“